Paul Karlsgodt Makes Second Consecutive Appearance on Law360 Privacy MVP List

News / December 11, 2015

Recognized by Law360 for his “consumer class action savvy” and “cutting-edge privacy work,” Partner Paul Karlsgodt, national leader of the class action defense team, was named a Privacy MVP for the second year in a row. Law360 reported he “has been an integral cog in [the privacy practice’s] emergence due to his unparalleled knowledge of and experience with handling general consumer class actions for more than a decade.”

Commenting on Karlsgodt’s capabilities, Partner Ted Kobus, a 2013 Privacy MVP and co-leader of the privacy and data protection team, told Law360, “There are a lot of people who read books and understand what the law says, but he’s actually litigated the issues and developed strategies. I felt like I hit the gold mine when I met Paul.”

The legal news site noted Karlsgodt’s successes defending national retailers GameStop and Schuck Markets, and healthcare providers “that have recently been hit with headline-grabbing data breaches,” including Premera Blue Cross, Community Health Systems, and Advocate Health.

Describing “one of his biggest achievements,” Law360 reported Karlsgodt’s understanding of the technological aspects of the case helped him obtain a win on behalf of GameStop, which was accused of failing to uphold its privacy policy when incorporating Facebook features in its subscription services.  For Advocate, Karlsgodt was a key member of an interoffice team that fought four lawsuits in state and federal courts, including one in which the decision deemed health care entities are not subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act because they do not meet the definition of “consumer reporting agencies.” Another decision “set a high bar for standing in Illinois” when the team defeated an appeal of a dismissal obtained on the grounds that the plaintiffs failed to show an actual injury as a result of the breach.

In 2013 and 2014, Law360 named the firm’s Chambers-ranked Privacy and Data Protection team “Practice Group of the Year” and the Class Action Defense team as a “Practice Group of the Year” in 2014.  Partner Craig Hoffman was selected this year by Law360 as one of three Privacy Rising Stars.

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